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Artist Interviews

The characters I draw are usually people who have a close relationship with me, or people or objects that have nothing to do with me and that I might have seen in books or social media. They become collaged in my mind and come out with my fingertips.

YOSO KOH

The role of an artist, I believe, is to bear witness to and reflect humanity, to make meaning for a public. Doing so requires both vulnerable introspection and the capacity to extend vision beyond the self.

JOHN PAUL MORABITO

It became glaringly obvious when at school I had little to no interest in anything other than drawing and painting. Due to medical reasons I then had to miss a year of school and that was the nail in the ‘academic’ coffin, I then had an excuse to fully pursue art and put all my time into it.

SAMSON SHEPHEARD-WALWYN

In the end everything is interconnected. I would like my work to make people a little more sensitive to their everyday life and to each other. I think this is particularly important in the current turbulent times.

MARIA KOSTAREVA

Artist Interviews

4 years ago, by accident and with a strong desire to slow down a little, I started painting and I got lost in a world of colour and imagination. I went from the outside world to the inside of my being.

AYLA HIBRI

I really think choosing the right color is important just like a paintings’ dimensions. There are artworks born to be large and others born to be small. I believe my works should please me - the person and me - the artist first. I also wonder if they would please my children when I have them.

JIMMY MILANI

I try to consider everything bound up in what we define as inhabited space; objects that are coded in ways that produce space – furniture, the decorative molding on houses, cement barricades, wire fences, wallpaper, traffic signs, upholstery, pylons, venetian blinds.

JORDAN HOLMS

I would say that the key factor in my work is light; how I experience it emotionally and the effect it has on my subject – it’s what inspires me. My message is that there is beauty in the everyday, but we do need to be looking closely, get up early to see mist in the landscape, look at plants after they die, photograph that dress under water!

SARAH EDWARDS

Guest Interviews

Our look on a work is multiple. There is an emotional and philosophical charge, the relation to space, the subject, the light, the relation to the spectator, the technique, the message, the concept.

ZEYNEP UTKU & DENIZ CAGLAR

Guest Interviews

I do believe that my love of plants is innate and preordained. I use the term “accidental” as although I did study a sliver of Botany whilst studying Horticulture, I am not an academic, and this is shown in my photographs which are not complete representations, nor are they meant to be. I capture what I perceive are the most beautiful attributes of a plant or flower.

ROBBIE HONEY

I think as soon as I accepted that I wanted my life to revolve around reading, learning, taking time and being in a constant stage of contemplation, I began to see myself as an artist. It’s a way of living, a luxury to spend every day dedicated to painting and research.

CHRISTINE SAFA

AucArt Selects

Though many museums and galleries around the world have temporarily closed their doors and the prospect of gallery hopping suddenly doesn’t sound so sanitary, fear not. If you are suffering from a restless mind, we’ve sourced a whole host of online gallery experiences for you to digitally stroll through and ease you out of your creative rut. From virtual tours, to cyber exhibitions, we’ve got you covered.

Artist Interviews

It hasn’t always been easy trying to find an artistic voice in a new country and at times I questioned my choice of pursuing an artistic career. But time and time again the art itself draws me back in and I realise I would never be able to live a fulfilling life without it.

EMI AVORA

I don’t think my aesthetic has ever changed, rather it is evolving with practice. My critical eye is evolving and so I am looking for more and more interesting visual results.

REBECCA COLTORI

Guest Interviews

I’m from Paris and Tel Aviv and grew up between those cities. Of course I’m inspired by French Chansons and the create before you die mode of Tel Aviv. I look like a delicate personality, but I’m a very strong creature.

PETITE MELLER

Guest Interviews

I dropped out of art school after my first semester, and studied music and theology at a bible college in Kansas City for two years. Even though I can’t play guitar like I used to, those years were really important for me. Three months before I left to return to art school, I met my wife and we’ve now been married for seven years.

TY BISHOP

Artist Interviews

I never plan my works, nor do I expect others to give me opinions and evaluations. I want to be a selfish person in front of my creation. If everyone must be considered, I am not myself.

XU QIN

I strive to always find new compositions, more or less subtle links between colors and primordial shapes, in suspense between the primitive form and a meaning. In the same way, I believe that I seek a balance in a life that is too fast and doesn’t offer eternal points of reference.

ATTILIO ESPOSITO

Artist Interviews

explore depth, moving between feelings of endless space and claustrophobic boundaries. The fluidity of the material and pouring method envision the nature of emotion; the spaces in the works fluctuating between the natural and the surreal, the suffocating and the tranquil.

FLEUR SIMON

Artist Interviews

A mood can affect a person’s whole being. It can haunt or linger like a dream. A ceiling fan is a strong mood for us. Constantly spinning but always in one spot. It’s so still and smoky. There’s just something about certain forms.

MSR FCJ

Book Club Series

We hope you enjoyed sampling our first instalment of Book Club last month. Assuming you’ve come back for more, November’s selection has a lot to offer. Our artist’s have been creative this month, sharing a little something for everyone. From the critically acclaimed, to modern classics; poetry, or one for those hankering after a little self-reflection... During these times of uncertainty, it’s important that we look to literature to provide wisdom, laughter and perhaps most importantly, some much needed escapism.

This displacement started to impact my view on the world, my country and its violent history. From the beginning of my practice until today, I have been archiving, drawing, taking images, collecting stories, about my environment and what would become my major inspiration, Lebanon.

KARINE WEHBÉ

I started at film school but it was too technical without enough readings. So I changed to a program called Visual and Critical Studies where you do get a lot of readings and work in different mediums. Everything came to place and it all started to make sense from that point on, my mind got reconditioned to work with no limitations while still working within my limits

NICOLE DELLA COSTA

I have had the feeling that we are (kind of) going through a 2nd iconoclastic war since early 20th century. The art world is forbidding to show direct representations of the real world, only its shadows. I am trying to bring the real world back to us, or to make us empathise with it.

DIEGO PALACIOS

Artist Interviews

My working message, maybe it’s my life’s path you could say, is regarding everyone’s life experiences. No narratives, but it has themes and purpose"

YE ZHAOFENG

Artist Interviews

I have always been in thrall to the idea that a painting, effectively a two dimensional surface covered in pigment, can have such powerful resonance with the viewer"

SCOTT BAUER

Artist Interviews

I perceive sentimental moments from specific subject matters: the melancholic adolescents concerned about the future, cards, the life of flowers, forest, screenshots of films...they all carry a sense of fragility and imperfectness"

YAGE GUO

Book Club Series

In response to the (unrelenting) global pandemic many of us have rediscovered our love of reading. With museums and galleries closed, finding something to stimulate our minds is no easy feat. So, we’ve decided to ask some of our artist’s their favourite reads. Such times of uncertainty require the insight, wisdom and solace provided by literature

Guest Interviews

I am the kind of person that feels at home almost everywhere I go – I have this maddening tendency to want to live in every new place I visit, maddening to the extent that sadly I probably will never be able to actually consider New York, SF, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Copenhagen (the list goes on…) home"

NICOLE CHING

Guest Interviews

My life experience is my work. I've had to use my writing and painting as a propeller to allow me to live freely and honestly. It's my antidote out of pure necessity"

SONNY HALL

I wouldn’t describe my aesthetic. I think the worst question for an artist is “What is the style of your art?” or “What type of art do you make?” The very creation and pursuit of making work and the production of communicative pieces of art already has the tendency to box one in. So to then go further and define your message or declare a theme is only limiting the way in which the work itself can be read and received"

AIDAN WALLACE

I don’t like planning my work too much. I’ll look at images, colours, or words until something stands out, but after that it’s about getting it down as quickly as possible. When I overthink things and change an idea a lot, it won’t get finished"

GEORGIE SOMERVILLE

When people see my work, I want them to engage with ideas of transformation and liberation. While I hope that the women in my work encourage the viewer to reflect on their own potential for transcendence, they also act as meditations on my personal capability and sense of becoming"

LINDSEY KIRCHER

Growing up with a pencil never out of sight predetermined my future as an artist, although I never really knew what an artist was or how I would go about being one, I just wanted to make work relentlessly and I couldn’t picture my life without doing that"

MORVEN DOUGLAS

Trust your instincts, buy something that you love, don’t buy anything because you think you’re supposed to like it. Living with art is an enriching experience, and its okay to have your tastes change and keep switching things around. Take the pressure off"

PETRA CORTRIGHT

Artist Interviews

I believe arts’ purpose is to be a mass communication device. I feel there is an intellectual snobbery with many conceptual artworks to only appeal to this art bubble and not the masses, it’s pretentious nonsense in my opinion"

EWAN KEENAN

I draw on collective memories of landscapes to create works that deeply connect to the human psyche. The paintings exist as an attempt to inhabit the space of an in-between, the interval between ‘worlds’ – an attempt to open up a space for these transformations"

SARAH CUNNINGHAM

An important moment was when I started to come into contact with social media. From that moment I understood that I could look for the answer of the mechanism of things with my art"

AGATA TRECCANI

I tend to paint the figures distorted, to make them seem like part of a distant memory, or maybe that you never even saw them? The latter relates to having epilepsy and having experiences of Jamais Vu"

ORIELE STEINER

I am interested in the social constructs surrounding the masculine and feminine. Whereby breaking up the image into the perceptual qualities of line, colour and form I can highlight the preconceived ideas around this topic which have been embedded within the social psyche"

LUCY WHITEHEAD

I think it’s very important for a curator to have an interest for what he/she may not understand. To transform a moment of ignorance or fear into excitement and curiosity, a willingness to learn, let's say"

MARCO GALVAN

Beyond painting, it is the attitude to see and think as an artist that I believe has always accompanied me. Later during my adolescence I had the certainty that painting is my means of interaction with the world"

MATTIA BARBIERI

My works aren’t direct documentations of global events because I think the scrambling of the truth is a much more telling point of departure. Just as the history paintings of the past were used to mislead the public by biased commissioners. In this I would describe my aesthetic as history painting in and of the era of fake news"

LOUISE REYNOLDS

Artist Interviews

Greatest piece of advice I’ve been given was from a peer. It was to always invest all you have into your art all of your heart and soul and all of your money"

LUC PARADIS

My art practice and aesthetic constantly change. I switch back and forth from painting to sculpture almost every year. I used to think it was bad to do this because it’s harder to distinguish yourself. However, I’ve come to realize whatever I make will be consistent because it’s coming from me"

JONATHAN SMALL

Artist Interviews

I’m not one of those “woe is me” artists, but I’ve made some work that I liked at lower times in my life…It’s all relative really, if you’re in a shit mood your hardly gonna paint a big happy scene you know?"

PETER DOYLE

If I had an aesthetic, it would be chaos. I’m in constant states of upheaval and transition. My work often occurs in a frenzy of rage; it’s instinctive yet overwhelming"

JULIA BENNETT

I think there are three reasons why people create, those are therapy, communication, and intervention. I don't think that one is more important than the other or better than the other, but I do think that an artist is successful when they can do all three"

MORGAN EVERHART

I’m an artist who doesn’t easily thrive off of moments of anxiety or distress, though I have come to appreciate the fruitful repercussions that can come of working through such periods. Painting, for me, is most accessible and abundant when I can imbue my practice with a sense of hope, potential, and discovery"

TAYLOR THOMAS

Guest Interviews

Are you a safe person? Then buy safe art. If not buy something that speaks of who you are, what you stand for, what you believe in. Never buy anything that looks good with your sofa"

KATE BRYAN

Artist Interviews

Words have been significant in the process of making. My purpose in creating this kingdom was my way of grasping the time. Each piece of work symbolizes each moment that no longer exists in the present reality"

SALOMÉ WU

My development as a photographer has coincided with that of digital technology. As digitalism has advanced and became more easily available, I have found myself moving in the other direction – gravitating towards traditional analogue methods"

CYRUS MAHBOUBIAN

Artist Interviews

I am very observant, I can spend hours in a group of people just standing in silence and watching. That’s not a very cool social skill, but it does come in handy when translating something into an image"

ORSOLA ZANE

My way of seeing painting embraces the strong belief that you only paint narrations which words can’t describe"

DAVIDE SERPETTI

I normally end up making a body of work about something that has become an obsession that lives inside my head, hijacking all other trails of thought. Something that started off quite fun then becomes intolerable"

ALBA HODSOLL

The images I make stem from an urge to subvert the narratives of women in these stories, labels or beliefs that I have grown up with"

SHAILEE MEHTA

I cannot deplete my inspiration in the painting medium. It feels limitless, therefore I still see immense and untapped opportunities within it"

LUCIA HORVÁTOVÁ

Artist Interviews

The need of a high level aesthetic, just like computer simulated, strong bright colours, sharp figures, and as a post-digital painter, all I'm doing is receiving it and translating it"

YAM SHALEV

Whether coincidentally or on a subconscious level, I have always disliked boundaries, borders and any form of segregation"

SARAH WREN WILSON

I began to reflect more and more on the joy that I get from making paintings; something which I don't get from anything else in the world. I can't say it's unalloyed joy, it's more like joy and pain at the same time"

ALA JAZAYERI

My previous relationship with art was one that had yet to be fully realised, as I always thought it to be something inaccessible to me. Girls that looked like me did not really 'do the art thing' "

ASHLEIGH BARICE

My upbringing influenced me massively; especially the inaccessibility of art. As a result, I don't take art for granted"

MATTHIAS ESCH

I am not sure what reality is right now, but art production has been able to ground me. Society needs artists to keep producing"

JOSEPH JUSTUS

The world we live in has never been so complicated and as a person who relates with both reality and art, I am trying to comprehend these elements by exposing them to the viewer"

MARTINA PIZZIGONI

Guest Interviews

I wouldn't want to be the art dealer in a suit that sits at a desk and deals with phone calls and people that aren't around anymore"

EDOARDO MONTI

Painting allows me to locate and explore the dynamics of the imagination by re-inventing the world as a hallucinatory playground"

CHRIS GILVAN-CARTWRIGHT

My practice enables me to mentally take back control of my own body, whereby the surface I am working on becomes my anatomy in a symbolic medical operation which I am performing"

PAUL ANAGNOSTOPOULOS

Artist Interviews

My practice enables me to mentally take back control of my own body, whereby the surface I am working on becomes my anatomy in a symbolic medical operation which I am performing"

LUCY RALPH

Artist Interviews

The word artist somewhat intimidates me, there's this common misconception of differentness and mysteriousness that I don't identify with"

KRISTY CHAN

I think there are three reasons why people create, those are therapy, communication, and intervention. I don't think that one is more important than the other or better than the other, but I do think that an artist is successful when they can do all three"

MORGAN EVERHART

The best parameter that works for me is if I can't finish a painting the day I started it, better not start it at all"

ALEKSANDAR BEZINOVIC

I see around me images that attract me instinctively and I want to reproduce these images, these astonishments. So I try and of course it fails"

ANTOINE PUISAIS

Life needs all-sorts to be rich, a variety of marks that sit together, co-exist, and just are. Life is dry without variety and for me so is painting"

DANNIELLE HODSON

My practice problematises the experience of the past-future continuum and reflects on old photography as a practice of fixing a moment, which is now dead"

KATYA GRANOVA

Painting is so hard, but I feel at home when i'm painting"

YAEL BEN-SIMON

I never thought that I wanted to be an artist; I've always felt that I am an artist"

STELLA KAPEZANOU

My main goal in painting is to deliver a sense of immediacy and to find ways to bring the values I find important in life into the painting"

YISHAY HOGESTA

Artist Interviews

Landscapes and nature are beautiful, I don't want to destroy them with my paint"

TAMIM SIBAI

Artist Interviews

I think I mostly hope viewers will walk away having shared an intimate space for remembering"

B CHEHAYEB

Artist Interviews // Video Series

Abstract qualities are the things I’m looking at of all works, those are the things I am seduced by"

GUY HADDON GRANT

I think i’m generally a very colourful person. There’s no way of denying that. It’s just my feelings"

JUDAS COMPANION

I prefer them to exists freely, as emblems or symbols in a concentrated fantasy world"

YUILIA IOSIZLON